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« Reply #45 on: November 30, 2018, 07:08:19 pm »

Another chance taken today to see how the Kenilworth service is developing as I returned south from the Potteries to see a couple of shoulder peak services.

Hopping on the 16:36 from Coventry to Leamington I was amongst around 60-70 on the single car unit so whilst seats were available, they were not in plentiful supply.  That train leaves around 10 minutes after the previous Leamington service in the form of a packed XC service, so no doubt a few people prefer to wait for the local service, but I reckon about 30 passengers left at Kenilworth, with a dozen or so joining.  Watching the 17:00 to Coventry depart Leamington I counted around 50-60 people as it left.

The car park at Kenilworth looked just over half full.

I reckon 'Melksham fever' may well be reached pretty soon and a 1-car unit will no longer be adequate for the peak services.  Pleasing to see.
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« Reply #46 on: November 30, 2018, 07:20:27 pm »

I reckon 'Melksham fever' may well be reached pretty soon and a 1-car unit will no longer be adequate for the peak services.  Pleasing to see.

Kenilworth and Melksham are very similar in population I think.  Of course Kenilworth has been started with an hourly service rather than every 2 hours - perhaps a lesson learned from Melksham where we're playing catch up with them on service frequency!

Delighted their train is busy.
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« Reply #47 on: November 30, 2018, 10:08:32 pm »

I reckon 'Melksham fever' may well be reached pretty soon and a 1-car unit will no longer be adequate for the peak services.  Pleasing to see.

Kenilworth and Melksham are very similar in population I think.  Of course Kenilworth has been started with an hourly service rather than every 2 hours - perhaps a lesson learned from Melksham where we're playing catch up with them on service frequency!

Delighted their train is busy.

I thought Kenilworth was larger, and Wikipedia confirms this, though not by much - 22k compared to 19k in 2011. I hadn't realised Melksham had grown that large. Perhaps due to the station?
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« Reply #48 on: December 01, 2018, 04:38:09 am »

I thought Kenilworth was larger, and Wikipedia confirms this, though not by much - 22k compared to 19k in 2011. I hadn't realised Melksham had grown that large. Perhaps due to the station?

This is where you need to be very careful what you are comparing, and work out which figures to use when you're looking at facility provision - be it station, shops or sewage. And also look at time scales - last year, this year, next year, sometime, never.

The population of the City of London is around 9,000 ... but then The City is the "Square Mile" is the the historic centre and the primary central business district.   People work there and don't reside there.  Melksham has a similar but far less extreme division - Melksham Town with 19,000 in the 2011 census.  But then "The Parish of Melksham Without is in the Melksham Community Area. It surrounds the Town of Melksham and has a population of approximately 7,500."  And with a growth of the built up area, you can walk down a street and go from one to the other without seeing any border.  To complicate calculations, a significant number of residences that were built in Melksham Without can only be reached by road from the Town, and the whole thing got so absurd that a number of chunks of the without were moved within a couple of years back.

Treat the current population as being 27,000 rising by about 10,000 in the next 10 years.  And, yes, I can point out the sites where housing is being built or are earmarked.  A neighbourhood plan video (in which, regrettably, I appeared), co-ordinated by both Town and Parish will be out in a couple of months. It suggests safeguarding an eastern bypass route, building housing areas which are transport friendly and porous to allow buses, self drive pods, cyclists and walkers cohesive community connection, and protecting land at the station and on the routes to it to ensure good and continued transport hub development there.

Off topic - feel a split coming on, unless someone can add a good Kenilworth comparator. I suspect that with "without" they are much more similar than a casual reader might have guessed, and in other aspects other than raw population too.

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« Reply #49 on: March 17, 2021, 09:58:40 pm »

From Kenilworth Weekly News

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Kenilworth could be without a train service for most of this year as rail bosses struggle to find enough trained drivers.

As we reported last month, rail services stopped in the town due to Covid cut backs, according to West Midlands Trains.

That was the stark message from Warwickshire County Council leader Cllr Izzi Seccombe (Con, Stour and the Vale) following talks with West Midlands Trains and town MP (Member of Parliament) Jeremy Wright.
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« Reply #50 on: July 31, 2021, 10:03:01 am »

Report from Kenilworth Nub News https://kenilworth.nub.news/n/ticketing-office-and-shop-at-kenilworth-railway-station-set-to-close
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The ticketing office and cafe at Kenilworth Railway Station is set to close this Autumn.

It would appear that the Transwilts line is not unique in suffering negative impacts as a result of an unreliable serviceā€¦ Sad
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